Duvall homers twice, Braves open big lead and beat Nats 11-8

Adam Duvall had two home runs and four hits, Josh Donaldson added a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves beat Washington 11-8 on Tuesday night to reopen a 5 1/2-game lead over the second-place Nationals in the NL East.

Julio Teheran (6-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings for Atlanta, which burst to an 11-1 lead and held on to split the first two games of the three-game series. Teheran had a 1.48 ERA in July as the Braves won four of his five starts but was just 1-1 those games.

Duvall was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on July 27 after Nick Markakis broke his left wrist. He is hitting .529 with three homers in four games.

With three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer back on the injured list with a rhomboid strain, the Nationals brought up Erick Fedde from Double-A Harrisburg to take his turn in the rotation. Fedde (1-2) allowed nine runs, nine hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Ozzie Albies and Ender Inciarte each had three hits for Atlanta.

Yan Gomes, Trea Turner and Juan Soto homered for the Nationals, who rallied late.

Fedde threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the second, then scored four runs each in the third and fourth to take an 8-0 lead.

Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann hit RBI singles in the third, and Inciarte followed with a two-run double. One batter later, Duvall homered and chased fedde,

Brian Dozier hit an RBI single in the sixth.

Duvall hit his second homer in the seventh off Javy Guerra.


Atlanta acquired RHP Chris Martin from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Kolby Allard. Martin was 0-2 with four saves and a 3.08 ERA in 38 appearances.


Nationals SS Turner left after seven innings, sitting out an inning for the first time since he returned from the IL on May 17.


Braves: Manager Brian Snitker said SS Dansby Swanson (bruised right foot) could be activated when eligible this weekend against Cincinnati.

Nationals: 1B Matt Adams missed his second straight game since he was hit by a pitch Sunday and bruised his right foot.


Atlanta RHP Mike Soroka (10-2, 2.44 ERA starts Wednesday against RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-6, 3.63), who has won six straight decisions. Soroka won 10 straight decisions before losing to Washington on July 20.